Feline ALPS (FALPS) is an unusual disease first seen in multiple related British shorthair (BSH) kittens in Australia in the 1990s and in New Zealand from 2008.1 Kittens affected by FALPS are normal at birth but start to show signs of tiredness, reduced growth, anaemia and large lymph nodes (important in the immune system) in the first 2-3 months of life. The disease usually progresses quickly, currently has no effective treatment, and affected kittens often die or require euthanasia shortly after diagnosis. Information can be found Information Overview here and Feline Cheek Swab Collection Instructions here.
Meow A Genetic Concert for Cats by Kerry Fowler
A book for cat breeders, owners, judges and veterinarians who are curious about the genetic makeup, DNA testing and diversity of pedigree cat breeds.
Article on Toxoplasmosis by Dr Isobel Johnstone
overview of the disease Toxoplasmosis by Dr Isobel Johnstone who has had a lifetime career as a Veterinary Scientist at The University of Queensland and is a former Director of UQ's Companion Animal Clinic.
Cats, Carriers and Vets:
Tips on making it easier to get your cat to the vet or cat show
Feline Reproduction: Giving Birth to Kittens
Too often a litter of kittens comes as an almost total surprise. The cute little girl kitten from last fall is one day noticed to be a bit round in the middle only the very next spring. No one got around to spaying her and she seemed too young for her adult entertainment.
Caring for Kitty When Disaster Strikes
When disaster happens, whether it is a killer storm, fire, or severe illness, it is important to have plans in place for one's pets. First and most important, every pet needs a carrier of some sort. While pets may be so docile and outgoing that a trip to the vet is as simple as scooping him/her in your arms and heading for the car, this isn't going to happen in an emergency.
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Cats and rodents are a classic predator/prey system, popularized in familiar cartoons and demonstrated every day by household cats around the world. Naturally, mice and rats have many defense strategies to avoid their mortal enemies, including an innate fear of the smell of cat urine. That is, until the animals become infected with a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii. Then, rodents' deathly terror of cats turns into a fatal attraction.
Plan Ahead for Your Pets when you can no longer care for them
It's a sobering thought, but do you know who will take care of your pets if you should die or be so incapacitated that you can no longer care for them? Many people assume that family members will keep their pets, but shelter volunteers see numerous pets surrendered because of the owner's death. Whether your death turns out to be unexpected or not, planning for your pets' care can give you peace of mind.
The Cat Disease Most Humans Don't Get from Cats
Veterinarian discovers new fungal species - VIN
A veterinarian in Australia has identified a previously unknown species of fungus that can infect cats, humans and dogs with life-threatening consequences.
Feeding Orphan Kittens Information of bottle feeding and care of orphan kittens
A potential infectious cause of reproduction problems in cats Coxiella burnetii is the cause of Q fever in humans, a worldwide zoonotic disease. The obligate intracellular bacterium is also associated or potentially associated with reproductive abnormalities in a number of species, cats being one. In humans, Q fever produces a fever and mild flu-like symptoms. Consideration is that some outbreaks of Q fever in people are potentially caused by direct and indirect contact with parturient cats. Abortions associated with Coxiella have been demonstrated in cats, but the organism has been demonstrated from cats after normal births.
Guidelines for Litter Box Care
House-soiling, inappropriate urination/defecation, spraying. A cats use of locations other than the litter box comes under many names. Why do our cats do this?
Victoria State Government Breeder Training Course
The Breeder Training Course is designed to provide a basic level of education to owners, managers and other staff in breeding and rearing businesses. It is also open to the general public. The course is FREE, and meets the minimum training requirements set out in the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses (2014).
Neutering the Male Cat
Neutering a male cat is an excellent step to help your young man grow into a loving, well adapted household citizen. The main reason to neuter a male cat is to reduce the incidence of objectionable behaviours that are normal in the feline world but unacceptable in the human world.
We put together a slide show to walk you through a feline neuter. We invite you into the surgery suite to see how it's done. Be aware that these are actual surgical photographs. Feline Neuter Slide Show